Texas sends fifth bus of migrants to Los Angeles
The bus carried 44 people from Colombia, China, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela, including 14 children.
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Texas sent another migrant bus to Los Angeles carrying 44 asylum seekers hailing from Colombia, China, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela, including 14 children. It’s the fifth to be sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in just over a month, according to Los Angeles officials.
Arriving at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles from Brownsville, Texas, at about 11: 30 a.m., the asylum seekers were met by several members of the L.A. Welcome Collective, which includes the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Central American Resource Center-Los Angeles, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights and others.
“The City has continued to work with City Departments, the County, and a coalition of nonprofit organizations, in addition to our faith partners, to execute a plan set in place earlier this year,” Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said in a statement. “As we have before, when we became aware of the bus yesterday, we activated our plan.”
Saturday’s bus arrived just four days after another bus carrying 44 migrants from Venezuela, China, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Colombia, Chile and Brazil also arrived at Union Station from Brownsville.
The three other buses arrived on June 12, July 1 and July 13 carrying, respectively, 42, 41 and 30 migrants.
Gov. Abbott and the Lone Star State have funded the transport of over 22,000 migrants to Democratic sanctuary cities including New York, Washington, Chicago, Denver and Philadelphia, as part of the infamous governor’s fight against federal President Biden’s immigration policies.
Abbott tweeted earlier this month the total numbers of people that have since been transported to other cities, including over 10,300 to Washington DC, over 9,500 to New York, over 3,600 to Philadelphia, over 250 to Denver and over 80 to Los Angeles.
$415,397 have been raised in donations to help pay for the transfer of migrants, according to the governor’s website.
According to the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (Chirla), the 44 migrants were taken to Cathedral high school in Chinatown where they were met with medical service and given food. According to Chirla, most of the new arrivals have been united with their families and many have already established asylum cases.
Chirla’s executive director, Angélica Salas, denounced Abbott’s actions in a statement.
“Actions ordered by Texas governor Abbott against migrants and refugees are outrageous, if not criminal … We condemn the dehumanization of migrants and refugees anywhere and we remind Governor Abbott that every life is precious and protected under the United Nations Human Rights Charter,” Salas said.
ABC7 reports Salas further saying, “Operation Lone Star is a questionable initiative fueled by xenophobia and void of human decency. But the line has been crossed long ago by this governor with the most recent example being the busing of thousands of asylum seekers to various other states, including Los Angeles, California.”
“As more and more buses arrive in CA and other states, we call on the Biden administration to intervene and protect these asylum seekers, support and fund non-profit organizations providing assistance, and condemn those who put politics ahead of freedom, democracy and life,” Chirla said.